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Francis Frangipane

Francis Frangipane

Francis Frangipane is a Christian evangelical minister and author. He is the founding pastor of River of Life Ministries in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. In 2002, he also launched an international, online school called In Christ's Image Training (ICIT). This training lays a foundation of truth based on four principal themes: Christlikeness, humility, prayer and unity. ICIT has students in over one hundred fifteen nations and territories and in all 50 U.S states. Additionally, over the past decades, Frangipane has served on a number of other ministry boards. However, in recent years he has gradually resigned from these various boards. As of June 2009, he has also retired from his position as senior pastor of River of Life Ministries. In this more simplified life, Frangipane is devoting himself to prayer and the ministry of God's word.

Francis Frangipane has an active partnership with the Mission America Coalition, consisting of leaders from 81 denominations and over 400 ministries and networks.

He is also a welcomed teacher in various Charismatic and Evangelical church settings, in both the black and white communities.


Francis Frangipane was born in 1946 and grew up in Lodi, New Jersey.

After graduating from high school in 1964, Frangipane entered the U.S.

Air Force, where he was discharged honorably as a sergeant on February 2, 1969.

He relocated briefly to Berkeley, California and then Honolulu, Hawaii before returning to the mainland U.S.

These were the days when the hippie movement was emerging, and Frangipane, like countless other young people, was searching for meaning.

He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada.

Eventually his travels brought him to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he became a Christian on November 26, 1970.

Five months later he met his wife-to-be, Denise Piscitelli, and led her to the Lord.

In October 1971 they were married.

In 1972 Francis and Denise received ministerial training at Grace Chapel in Southern California; by early fall they had moved to Hilo, Hawaii to start a church.

Their little work grew to about twenty-five people, most of whom they had personally led to Christ.

They also had their first child during this time.

After fourteen months, however, they felt their time in Hawaii was complete.

A church in the Detroit, Michigan area offered them a pastoral position.

For the remainder of the seventies, they led a small church of approximately 100 people; they also planted eight churches and home groups in southeastern Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

They relocated to Iowa in 1980 where, with the addition of four more children and a Vietnamese foster child, their family grew to eight.

These were hard times.

Francis was self-employed and the family was very poor.

It was during this time that Francis began to develop his writing skills.

It was also a three-year season of being shut in with God; the only spiritual food that nourished him came from the words of Christ in the Gospels.

In 1982 the opportunity to pastor a church in the Cedar Rapids area was offered to the Frangipanes.

After a season of prayer, they accepted this new assignment.

Pastor Francis soon found himself united with several other pastors from various evangelical denominations who met in one another's sanctuaries for monthly prayer.

After three years, the founding minister of this prayer group left the city, and in 1985 Francis and another local pastor (from the local Assemblies of God) picked up the prayer initiative.

They opened it up for intercessors as well and increased their times together from monthly to weekly.

The group soon multiplied, which led to many other interdenominational citywide events.

During this time, Frangipane began to write in earnest.

His first book, Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God (1985), was a compilation of his essays and sermons.

He wrote his second book, The Three Battlegrounds, in 1989 when asked to speak on spiritual warfare at a conference in Kansas City.

Both these books became best-sellers.

Since 1985, he has written many books including four In Christ's Image Training manuals, developed for his online school, plus a number of study booklets.

He has traveled throughout the world, ministering to thousands of pastors and intercessors from many backgrounds.

Francis' wish is to see established in every city "Christlike pastors and intercessors, united before God, revealing the love of Christ to their communities".

Pastor Frangipane's ministry and writing is widely accepted in the Evangelical church, with endorsements from Jack Hayford President, International Foursquare Church, David Bryant, Founder of Concerts of Prayer international, and president of Proclaim Hope, Phil Miglioratti, National Pastors’ Prayer Network among many others on his website linked below.


Frangipane is the author of several books that have been translated into more than 30 languages.

  • The Three Battlegrounds (1991) Arrow Publications, ISBN 978-1-886296-38-1

  • The House of the Lord: God's Plan to Liberate Your City From Darkness (1991) Charisma House-Strang Communications Company, ISBN 1-59979-016-5 (revised to be When the Many Become One)

  • Discerning of Spirits (1991) Arrow Publications, ISBN 0-9629049-7-X Discernment Series

  • River of Life (1993) OOP

  • Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God (1993) Arrow Publications, ISBN 978-0-9629049-1-2

  • The Divine Antidote (1994) (revised to "Power of Covenant Prayer")

  • Exposing the Accuser of the Brethren (1994) Arrow Publications, ISBN 0-9629049-6-1 Discernment Series

  • A Time to Seek God (1994) OOP Arrow Publications

  • By Wisdom the House is Built (1994) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-07-3 Church Unity Series

  • Arm of Love (1994) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-06-5 Spiritual Authority and Prayer Series

  • Prevailing Prayer (1994) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-01-4

  • Baptism of Love (1995) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-09-X Love and Devotion Series

  • The Jezebel Spirit (1995) Arrow Publications, ISBN 978-0-9629049-8-1 Discernment Series

  • Exposing Witchcraft (1996) OOP

  • The Place of Immunity (1996) (revised to be “Stronghold of God”)

  • The Stronghold of God: Finding God's Place of Immunity from Attacks of the Enemy (1998) Charisma House-Strang Communications Company, ISBN 978-0-88419-547-4 (revised to be “The Shelter of the Most High”)

  • The Power of Covenant Prayer (1998) Charisma House-Strang Communications Company, ISBN 0-88419-548-1

  • America at the Threshold of Destiny (1999) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-17-0

  • “Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement” (1999) Arrow Publications, Abridged, International Version of “America at the Threshold of Destiny”

  • The Power of One Christ-Like Life (2000) Whitaker House, ISBN 0-88368-628-7

  • Christlikeness (2004), Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-24-3, ISBN 978-1-886296-24-4

  • Humility (2004), Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-25-1

  • Prayer (2004) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-26-X

  • Unity (2004) Arrow Publications, ISBN 1-886296-27-8

  • The Days of His Presence (2004) Fire Wind, ISBN 1-883906-45-8

  • This Day We Fight! Breaking The Bondage Of A Passive Spirit (2005) Chosen Books, ISBN 978-0-8007-9396-8

  • A House United: How Christ-centered Unity Can End Church Division (2006) Chosen Books, ISBN 0-8007-9397-8

  • The Shelter of the Most High: Accessing the Divine Protection of God in Times of Trouble (2008), Charisma House-Strang Communications Company, ISBN 1-59979-281-8, ISBN 978-1-59979-281-1

  • When the Many Are One: How to lay aside our differences and come together as the House of God (2009) Charisma House, ISBN 978-1-59979-529-4

  • And I Will Be Found By You (2009) Arrow Publications Inc., ISBN 978-1-886296-55-8

  • Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ (2013) Arrow Publications Inc., ISBN 978-188629636-7


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